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Long Beach gets its first medical cannabis store
Published On: 10-24-2017 in Category: medical marijuana
The Green Room, Long Beach’s first medical marijuana store, recently reopened its doors on the Seventh Street near Rose Avenue, the same location where it used to operate before the city authorities decided to shut down marijuana dispensaries in 2012. In the last five years, the dispensary site was the center for political operations, while the earlier cannabis store ceased to function.
A City Hall official confirmed that the LB Green Room would be the first licensed medical cannabis store in Long Beach under the new law, media reports said. LB Green Room manager Adam Hijazi said, “We’re very humbled and fortunate to have the city’s and the voters’ and the community’s trust, at least the majority of them, to push these cannabis regulations forward.”
To start with, the Green Room has about 10 staff members and would soon provide other cannabis products such as tinctures, edibles, vaporizer cartridges, marijuana flowers.
Cannabis is addictive
California became the first American state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Twenty years later, this most populous state approved recreational use of marijuana for adults.
With medical marijuana being decriminalized in 29 states and the District of Columbia, people suffering from marijuana use disorder are only growing. In fact, a section of experts believes that the nation is doing tremendous damage to the future generations by adopting a carefree attitude toward the perils of marijuana. Despite the wide acceptance of marijuana in many circles, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified it as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act because of high potential for abuse.
Being a long-acting drug, marijuana is known to remain in the system for a longer duration, leaving the users prone to multiple physical and mental health hazards. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in America. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 22 million Americans aged 12 or older were using marijuana in 2015.
Studies suggest that just like nicotine and alcohol, exposure to cannabinoids at an early age can modify the brain’s pleasure centers by inducing a dopamine rush tuning the brain for an increased response to other hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the main mind-altering ingredient in the cannabis plant that is responsible for addiction and dependence. Research shows that use of marijuana over a period of time can hamper short-term memory, impact motor coordination, cause attention deficits and affect concentration significantly. Moreover, smoking or inhaling marijuana can damage the respiratory system.
Leading a sober life again
Addiction is not the end of the road for chronic pot users as a turnaround is possible with professional detox treatment. If you or your loved one is suffering from addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Long Beach Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 562-846-1995 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.